Sixty Seconds to Boost Your Wine IQ.

Do you turn your nose up to pink wine? If you do, shame on you and your prejudiced palate. This week the Press Democrat’s Blind Tasting features rosé since many of the 2014s are rolling onto the market, and we’ll continue to highlight the best and the brightest with other [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Wine is Your Passport

We can travel the world without ever flying the friendly skies. Wine is rife with opportunity; with it we can transport ourselves anywhere. The Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting March 28 in the Bay Area is a perfect opening to use "wine miles" to learn more about France’s Rhone region. First [...]

By | March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Got A Minute? Boost Your Wine IQ

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to wine flaws. The good news is none of the flaws will make you sick if you take a sip. The bad news is that you’ll have to part with an otherwise delectable wine. Here’s a quick hit list of the [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Vintner Richard Arrowood is a Class Act.

I have long admired Arrowood, the vintner who turned heads at Chateau St. Jean with his chardonnays in his early days, circa 1977. At his 50th anniversary retrospective, it was a rare treat to taste through 54 bottlings, a pool of wine ushering us through his three-tier career. We began [...]

By | March 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Siduri founders’ crazy caper.

When Jackson Family Wines purchased the pinot savvy Siduri, it made me think of the founders’ crazy caper. Here’s a recap of it from a story I wrote on Adam and Dianna Lee last year: The bold and audacious couple did their part to tip the scales in their favor [...]

By | January 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Super Bowl With A Twist of Sonoma County.

  If you’re a sports fan who doubles as a wine enthusiast – it doesn’t get any better than this. Sonoma County wine producers will be the official suppliers for Super Bowl 50 in the Bay Area in 2016. These vintners will get more than their 15 minutes of fame. [...]

By | January 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Guy Davis Does It Again.

Davis is one of the most entrepreneurial winemakers in Wine Country, so it’s no surprise that he’s behind the first bottling of WHOA Crane Vineyard Pinot Noir. It’s also no surprise it’s knockout. For the uninitiated, WHOA stands for Work Horse Organic Agriculture, and it’s an organic farm in Santa [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

John Pedroncelli has passed but will be long remembered.

John Pedroncelli, the winemaker who said longevity is what gave his wine the edge, died at 89 after a long battle with cancer. Pedroncelli had been the head winemaker at Geyserville’s Pedroncelli Winery since 1948. He would have been 90 in May. Julie Pedroncelli St. John, vice president of marketing, [...]

By | January 5th, 2015|0 Comments

The Inventors in Wine Country

When I tell people why I love living in this wine-growing region, I always say it’s because of all the clever inventors we have in Wine Country. These out-of-the-box thinkers run the gamut – from vintners to winemakers to brewers to vineyard workers to chefs to farmers. Some of these [...]

By | December 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Got 60 seconds? Boost Your Bubbly IQ.

We know time is the most precious commodity in life, so here’s a quick snippet of information to celebrate Bubbly Season. We begin with a simple question: What’s in a bubble? A tiny bubble is nothing more than a pocket of gas contained by a thin film of liquid. The [...]

By | December 2nd, 2014|0 Comments